Sun Moon Bali Immersion
Dancing Warrior Yoga goes to Bali!
Our yoga retreat offers 7 glorious nights in the panoramic rice fields of Ubud, Bali at Dragonfly Village Retreat Centre. Enjoy the tranquility of practicing yoga in an elevated shala over looking spectacular rice fields and jungle. Rest and rejuvenate in the ambience of traditional style Balinese accomodation, explore beautifully manicured Balinese gardens and water features or simply spend your afternoon by the pool. Our retreat will satisfy all your yoga needs, and provide you with dedicated chill time to nestle away and contemplate life, or go sight seeing and mingle amongst the local Balinese culture.
Where: Dragonfly Village Retreat Centre in Ubud, Bali.
When: Sunday 1st – Sunday 8th July (7 nights)
Investment: Earlybird pricing is as follows (earlybird rate available until 15th April):
- Share room (4 people) – $1500 ($1700 after 15th April)
- Double room (2 people) – $1900 ($2200 after 15th April)
- Single occupancy (1 person) – $2200 ($2400 after 15th April)
The above price includes accomodation, breakfast, all yoga classes & activities for 7 nights.
Not included: flights, transfer from airport to Ubud, lunch & dinner (gives us all a chance to sample Ubud’s amazing food)
We require a $500 deposit to secure your place. To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our activities timetable offers you daily yoga classes consisting of dynamic morning vinyasa and gentle Yin and restorative classes in the late afternoons.
Start each day with meditation, pranayama and asana followed by a traditional style Balinese breakfast.
The following is a guide to the table of activities.
Old School/New School
Clare & Matthew are a dynamically different duo (!) who share a deep passion for yoga. Their 20 year age difference gives them a unique blend of ‘Old School and New School’ teaching methodologies. In particular they will focus on exploring the benefits of muscular/skeletal alignment principles, long holds and self enquiry, (old school) while enhancing the yoga experience with a new style yoga expression, including philosophy, freeform movement, Buddhist mindfulness and self enquiry techniques.
What is Old School?
When I started yoga in the late 1980’s there were only 3 forms of yoga available. They were; Iynegar, Ashtanga Vinyasa and Slow Hatha for the Elderly. Most of these classes were located inside discrete yoga schools tucked away in shopping centres, old Industrial areas and the od community hall. The director of theses school had usually been to India and studied with the Gurus of the time, Pattabois Jois, Mr Iyengar and TK Desikachar. The schools directors were often the most popular teacher to learn yoga from as they were, at the time, the direct link to the yoga lineage and resource, (India).
These forms were rarely questioned by the students and conscious and unconscious allegiances were formed to these styles for their physical benefits and teaching methodology.
30 years later, the gurus have passed and these forms are presently been questioned by their own students for their authenticity and how the master once taught the physical poses. In addition to this, these forms are only now presenting their own potential damage to the body from incorrect alignment and over use.
This brings us to today. Yoga has benefitted from a huge renaissance, especially over the past 10 years and has once again been rediscovered by popular culture. With this explosion of interest, yoga is suffering from an Identity crises.
The surge in yoga teacher training programs now has yoga available in almost every suburb and people are easily hypnotized by fancy yoga studios with expensive fitouts, including glistening white surfaces, bamboo polished floors and the availability of fresh watermelon flavoured coconut water. Ask them how the yoga class was and they don’t seem to care too much for the quality of the yoga, more that they felt like they got a good work out and enjoyed the studio vibe.
The evolution of contemporary yoga seems to get faster and faster each year and associated with strange activities like SUP yoga, Wine Yoga, Naked Yoga, Chocolate Yoga, Hip Hop yoga. Some of these deviations may or may not survive the test of time and now yoga asks the user/student to judge the authenticity of the practice they choose to experience.
Old school yoga is reinventing itself in a post modern way. Once again shedding its skin and letting go of its strict and authoritative approach, instead softening and yielding to the needs of the new world, new body types, new physiologies and new information.
Qualities of Old School
- Long practice sessions (no one is time rich anymore).
- One way fits all (dangerous for the body).
- Detail to alignment principles and human physiology.
- Precision, methodology, ethics, self awareness, punctuality, effort, drive, determination.
What is new school?
New school is an integration of body, mind and soul. New school fuses traditional teachings with a modern edge to make them relevant in today’s busy world.
New school gives depth to an asana practice. New school encourages us to look beyond the physical body and learn to use the ancient practices of yoga to make a positive difference within our communities. New school takes the ancient teachings and mythology and applies them to modern life, often challenging our preconceptions and beliefs. Connect with mother nature, each other and your own animal body. Break free from the mundane, dare greatly and live your dream life with love and joyfulness.
Yin yoga: the relative ‘new kid on the block’ is the perfect soothing balm for our stressed out, over-stimulated psyches. Yin encourages us to be still enough to observe what arises as we learn to sit with different sensations through passive postures. Yin & mindfulness are intrinsically linked. Mindfulness stems from Buddhist tradition and is an essential tool for finding contentment and peace in each moment. Mindfulness teaches us to break free from ‘if only mind’ which tells us happiness is only possible when a set of criteria have been fulfilled. With dedicated practice and great tenderness we learn the truth that peace and happiness are ONLY possible in this moment, the only moment that exists.
Qualities of new school
- Encourages self enquiry
- Promotes freedom through self expression
- Promotes authenticity
- No dogma or guru
- Encourages creativity
- Fun and playful
- Not stagnant
My yoga journey began in 2010 on a beach in Byron Bay. My practice, which began as a purely physical pursuit to balance out my often chaotic lifestyle, has evolved into a ‘toolkit for life’ that is with me always.
I believe that yoga does not just take place on the mat but intertwines with every element of our lives. My practice has taught me that genuine happiness is not based on external conditions but can be achieved by living simply and mindfully with generosity and compassion. This is a philosophy that I want to share with the world.
I am currently registered at the 500 hour level with Yoga Alliance. I completed my 200 hour teacher training in March 2014 with Mathew Bergan at Dancing Warrior Yoga. I then continued my studies with Mathew – completing a further 150 hour advanced teacher training by December 2014. I recently completed a further 150 hours of philosophy and mythology training with Jasmine Tarkeshi (Laughing Lotus Flow, San Francisco).
I started to specialise in the practice of Yin Yoga after completing my advanced teacher training with Sarah Powers in 2015. I am constantly amazed by the healing power of Yin. I love how the practice creates space in our over-stimulated lives and allows us to drop in and connect with our breath, body and minds on a deeper level with compassion and understanding.
Mathew Bergan started practicing Iyengar yoga with Shandor Remete in 1989, Sydney. Mathew also attended Pattabhi Jois immersions upon his visits to Sydney in the 1990’s. Mathew studied Ashtanga vinyasa with Eileen Hall in Sydney, and completed a 5 year teacher training apprenticeship with Simon Borg Oliver and Bianca Machliss from Yoga Synergy, Sydney. Mathew opened the doors to Dancing Warrior Yoga studio in Sydney in 2006 and today runs successful yoga teacher training programs, mentorships, as well as guest workshops throughout Sydney.